Fifth-Grade Social Studies Learning ObjectivesUnit 1: Three Worlds MeetHistory
- Demonstrate an understanding of the significance of the role of European explorers and their impact on the people of North America.
- Explain the causes of European exploration in the New World.
- Explain the effects of European exploration in the western hemisphere.
- Trace the migration of people from Asia to the New World.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the cultural similarities and differences that existed among Native Americans, Africans and Europeans.
- Explain the role of trade in the sponsorship of exploration of the New World.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the origins of slavery as a labor system in the New World.
Unit II: Establishing ColoniesHistory
- Demonstrate an understanding of the economic, political and religious motives for English colonization along the Atlantic seaboard of North America.
- Locate the thirteen colonies and group by region.
- Demonstrate an understanding of geographic terms.
- Develop an understanding of the interdependence among Europe, Africa, the North American English colonies and the West Indies with regard to triangular trade.
- Explain comparative advantage in relation to the economic development of the three regions comprising the English North American colonies.
- Identify the role of slavery and indentured servitude as sources of labor in the colonial economy.
Unit III: Colonies to CountryHistory
- Explain the political relationship between England and its North American colonies.
- Develop an understanding of the daily lives of people living in colonial times.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the causes and effects of the French and Indian War and American Revolution.
- Identify significant contributions of key individuals and groups in the American Revolution.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the influence of geographical features on military battles to the American Revolution.
- Identify and locate the territorial boundaries of the United States in 1783.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the economic causes of the tension between England and its North American colonies.
Unit IV: The New NationHistory
- Identify the Articles of Confederation, its structure, powers and weaknesses.
- Explain significant contributions of various individuals in the creation of the United States.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the main purposes of the Constitution as expressed in the Preamble.
- Identify the economic causes and results of the creation of the Constitution.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the system of checks and balances and their purpose in our system of government.
- Identify and explain the powers and responsibilities of the three branches of the federal government.
- Demonstrate and understanding of the ways in which the U.S. Constitution continues to influence American society.